Senator David Perdue: There’s No Higher Calling For The United States Congress

“We will not solve the debt crisis unless and until we solve this budget process and funding crisis.”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) yesterday called out the realities of Congress’ failed budget process during the first public hearing of the Joint Select Committee on Budget and Appropriations Process Reform.

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Failed Process: “There’s no higher calling for the United States Congress than to finally face up to the failure of the 1974 Budget Act, take a clean-page approach, and finally, once and for all, develop a politically neutral platform that allows us to fund the government on time without all this drama and without creating a crisis for the rest of the world.”

$21 Trillion: “We are indeed in a crisis financially. Congress just passed a massive $21 trillion spending bill. I would argue that we will not solve the debt crisis unless and until we solve this budget process and funding crisis that we have today.”

4 Times in 44 years: “Results speak for themselves. Since the 1974 Budget Act was put in place, our budget process has only funded the federal government on time four times in the last 44 years. Actually, the federal government has closed down 20 times in the last 44 years because Congress did not fund the government by its deadline, either the fiscal year or the end of a continuing resolution.”

Cut the Drama: “We need a budget process that functions without all the drama. Every other country in the world, every company I know of, and every state I know of does this without the drama of the U.S. federal government.”

High Calling: “Senator Hirono said it best in our first meeting, that her only wish is that we’ll have a process in which we’ll never have to use a continuing resolution again. I think that’s a high calling, and I love it because it’s very simple and it ought to be our outcome here.”


Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.